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|Birth name||LaTavia Marie Roberson|
November 1, 1981 |
Houston, Texas, United States
|Genres||R&B, hip hop, dance|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, actress, rapper, model|
|Labels||Columbia, Fleet Street|
|Associated acts||LeToya Luckett, Destiny's Child, Girl's Tyme, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland|
LaTavia Marie Roberson (born November 1, 1981) is a two-time Grammy Award–winning American contralto singer-songwriter. She was an original member of Girl's Tyme which later became Destiny's Child. Since parting ways with the group, she has ventured into the realm of acting. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child, she was the face of Soft and Beautiful's Just For Me Hair Care relaxer for kids.
- 1 Music career
- 2 Non-Music Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Television
- 5 Grammy Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
1990-1997: Girls Tyme & Destiny's Child
When LaTavia was nine years old, she auditioned for a girl group to become a rapper and dancer, and was one of the many girls who got through. She met Beyoncé Knowles and became best friends, singing and dancing with other local girls. LaTavia was just a dancer and rapper at the time and could not sing, however had vocal lessons and learned how to. After singing at local events, LaTavia got her break when she entered (with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Tamar Davis and the Nikki Twins) Star Search. The group, then named "Girl's Tyme" were heartbroken after losing the competition. They also underwent several name changes—Girl's Tyme, the Dolls, Something Fresh, and Cliché. They were shortly signed to Elektra Records in which LaTavia and Beyoncé made a video for the song "One Time". However the group were dropped by the label. She then developed into a quartet, with best-friend Beyoncé, Rowland, and Beyoncé's elementary school friend LeToya Luckett. They were signed by Columbia Records in 1997 by the name of Destiny's Child with Beyoncé and Kelly as the lead singers, LaTavia and LeToya performed harmony, background, and occasional lead. In 1998, Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album Destiny's Child. The singles were "No, No, No" featuring Wyclef Jean and "With Me". Their song "Get on the Bus" featuring Timbaland (which was released as a single in Europe) was on the Why Do Fools Fall in Love soundtrack. Destiny's Child toured as an opening act on TLC's FanMail Tour and Christina Aguilera's debut tour.
In 1999, Destiny's Child released their second album, The Writing's on the Wall. It became one of the biggest selling albums released by a female group and was certified eight-times platinum in the U.S.. The album includes four hit singles, "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Bug a Boo", "Say My Name", and "Jumpin' Jumpin'".
In January 2000, in the midst of the success of The Writing's on the Wall, Roberson LeToya Luckett tried to make a break with manager Mathew Knowles because they claimed he favored his daughter Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland and was retaining too much of the group's profits. The pair said at the time they were only looking to secure outside management, but they soon found themselves on the outs with Knowles. When the "Say My Name" video debuted in February 2000, they were replaced by two new members, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin.
2000-2009: Survivor Lawsuit & Group Diversion and Album Appearance
Roberson and Luckett filed a lawsuit in March 2000 against Mathew Knowles and the group. This began a media battle in which the two sides exchanged barbs in magazine and newspaper interviews. Near the end of 2000, they agreed to a settlement that required them to drop the part of their lawsuit that targeted their former group members (though they retained the suit against Mathew Knowles) and required both sides to stop disparaging each other in public.
Roberson and Luckett filed another suit against Destiny's Child. They claimed that the first single, "Survivor", from Destiny's Child's 2001 album Survivor violated their previous settlement due to its lyrics which they believed to reference the ugly split. LaTavia and ex-member of Destiny's Child LeToya Luckett created a group called Anjel with two other girls. They did 22 tracks but did not release an album. The tracks, however, were leaked in the internet. The band appeared in Jagged Edge's music video 'Where The Party At Remix'. The record company was having difficulty so the group then parted ways for solo careers.
In 2009 LaTavia featured in the song 'Swagga Check' by Young Sween, in the album of 'The Goodie Room' which could be brought at iTunes, however the song on iTunes is mistakenly named as 'Holdin On To You' and the song on iTunes 'Swagga Check' is 'Holdin On To You' with LaTavia's name still featuring in them both. Artist Young Sween was signed to 'Fleet Street Records' when he made this album.
2013-present: Solo Album
Roberson is rumoured to be returning to the studio to continue working on her debut solo album. http://postimg.org/image/uhcbrbtcr/
1980s-2009: Lawsuits Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Before Destiny's Child when LaTavia was growing up she became a model becoming the face of hair (Soft and Beautiful's Just For Me Hair Care relaxer for kids) and commercials. Whilst in Destiny's Child, LaTavia with her group members starred in Smart Guy as Herself and also did movie roles.
After Destiny's Child and many Lawsuits (Suing Survivor and manager Matthew Knowles) in 2007, LaTavia along with other Destiny's Child past member former bandmate LeToya Luckett and also Farrah Franklin (who replaced LaTavia however left the group) appeared in Boulevard of Broken Dreams telling their side of the story about what happened during their time with Destiny's Child.
In 2008, LaTavia was in a stage play called, Those Jeans. It's described as "a truly well written love story, about a fashion designer and a high fashion photographer, looking for love in all the wrong people". It ran from April 18, 2008 to July 12, 2008.
2010-12: The Real Housewives of Atlanta
In 2010 LaTavia appeared in The Real Housewives of Atlanta speaking to her Lawyer Phaedra Parks about making a come-back - negative comments were coming back to say she was 'bitter', however LaTavia denies being bitter and added that shows like this are edited and they missed out a lot.
2012-present: Interviews, Modelling, Reality TV, Book and Motherhood
In 2012 LaTavia has focused on a modelling career, and has done interviews (which can be seen on YouTube) and has now made a new Twitter (@LaTaviaMarie), and has also confirmed she is still working on a tell-all memoir due later this year and is looking for 'it to be in the right hands', as she is looking for a publisher.
After being away from the lime-light for so long, on May 8th, LaTavia, with former bandmate & close friend LeToya Luckett, met one of the bandmates who replaced her (who already hung out with LeToya) Michelle Williams for the first time ever, tweeting that it was nice meeting each other and it was one of LaTavia's greatest nights of her life.
Roberson is three months pregnant and made the announcement of her pregnancy on March 7 in a press release.Personal Life. Roberson welcomed a baby girl with producer Don Vito (producer) on August 21, 2013. The baby is named Lyric.  Roberson formerly dated Jagged Edge member Brandon Casey, but they split several years ago. Roberson also revealed that she has inked a production deal with hit reality-TV producer Carlos King to work on a revealing show about her past, her pregnancy and more. "I’m excited to work with LaTavia to effectively tell her story on television," King — who also produced Real Housewives of Atlanta, Oprah's Season 25 Behind the Scenes and Real Housewives of New Jersey — said. "This is her first time speaking out about her past. This woman has endured more than the public even realizes, and once they hear half of it, they will be in awe. She is a true survivor!" The press release states that the show will document "Latavia’s pregnancy, the ups and downs of her relationship with her child's father and her past battles with molestation, alcoholism and jail time." 
With Destiny's Child
As LaTavia was a background singer, adding low tones, the only leads she did in the group were rapping in Illusions (Destiny's Child album) singing in Sweet Sixteen and Where'd You Go (The Writing's on the Wall album) Can't Help Myself (The Writing's on the Wall Houston Edition album) and harmonised in a lot of the bridges in the songs.
1998-: Acting TV Appearance
- 1998 Smart Guy as Herself "A Date With Destiny" (season 3, episode 10)
- 1999 Beverly Hood as Girl#4
2007-: Non-Acting TV Appearance
- 2001, Best R&B Song - "Say My Name"
- 2001, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - "Say My Name
- LaTavia on Twitter
- LaTavia Roberson at the Internet Movie Database
- Inside the Buzz
- Sister 2 sister interview